It’s the third time I review this story—as fanfiction then as Emily Waters’ debut novel (both reviews are on my blog: judeinthestars.com)—and I have loved every one.
Honey in the Marrow is one of the best stories I’ve read about grief and it also has one of my favourite almost-first kiss and one of my favourite first sex scene. Stella’s and Elizabeth’s journey towards themselves and each other is beautiful and Anastasia Watley more than does all the emotions justice.
The voices aren’t always distinct enough for me, except for Elizabeth’s, which is absolutely swoon-worthy, and I lost focus at times but the writing made it easy enough to follow and/or catch up. There is, however, a sensuality to the narration that serves this story perfectly. I mentioned in my review of the book that it was both mellow and deep, and Anastasia Watley’s voice is that as well, as is the pace, thick and smooth, warm, strong yet soft.
The author announced recently that her next book will be published on January 17th 2024 and I’m very excited to find out where she takes us next.